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MS Weekly Bulletin | May 17, 2019
Posted 05/17/2019 05:21PM

Every artist was first an amateur.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Upcoming Events

Friday, May 10–Sunday, May 19 Spring Arts Festival
Friday, May 17—Sunday, May 19 MS Spring Musical: Sketch
Monday, May 20 TPA Teacher Appreciation Cocktail
Tuesday, May 28–Wednesday, May 29 ES Spring Musical: The Prince and the Pauper
Saturday, June 1 HS Commencement Ceremony
Tuesday, June 4 8th-Grade Moving-Up Ceremony
Wednesday, June 5 Dormitories close • boarding students must depart by noon


Spring Arts Festival Off to a Great Start!

The 45th annual Spring Arts Festival is now in full swing. The early performances have been phenomenal, and the Palestra is filled to the brim with exceptional student artwork!

Check out the full schedule to see which concerts, theatrical performances, art exhibitions, and workshops are still to come, and please note that this weekend’s events will proceed as planned (regardless of the weather).

Please enjoy watching some of the early events:

You can also find lots of great photo galleries on the TASIS SmugMug page.

Sketch Opens Tonight!

You won’t want to miss this year’s Middle School Spring Musical, Sketch, which premieres in the Palmer Center at 19:00 this evening and will also be performed tomorrow at 19:00 and Sunday at 13:00.

Learn more and reserve your seats



MAP Testing: We conducted English MAP tests this week. Next week we will complete any necessary makeup tests. Results will be sent home by mail in early June.

Textbooks: Students must return textbooks to their teachers by Friday, May 31. If the books are not returned, the TASIS Business Office will charge CHF 100 per textbook. This fee also applies for all missing library books. Fees for other kinds of books (workbooks, grammar books, etc.) may vary.

Summer Reading Lists from the EAL and English Departments and the Italian Section will be shared next week.

MS Summer Learning Resources:We realize that many of you would like to keep your children engaged in their learning process throughout the summer. In order to help support this effort, every year the Middle School puts together a list of recommended resources that you can consider when trying to engage your child in the different disciplines they encounter throughout the school year. This list will be shared next week.

MS Supplies List: Please see below a list of suggested school supplies for next year. Please note that this list is not exhaustive and individual classroom teachers may request that their students have additional supplies or materials.

  • Several pencils
  • Pencil case/pouch
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Eraser
  • Several blue, green, red, & black ballpoint pens (preferably erasable ink)
  • Colored pencils or markers
  • Colored highlighters
  • Straightedge ruler, compass, and protractor
  • 2-ring binders (standard A4 size) and/or bound notebooks with lined paper
  • A4 non-spiral grid paper notebooks for Math 2 and 3 (grades 6 & 7)
  • Good supply of A4 lined, white paper (punched with 2 holes)
  • A4 graph paper
  • Five sets of divider tabs or pages to organize the binders
  • 1 A4 portfolio folder with elastic closures
  • Plastic sheet protectors (with holes) & plastic sleeves
  • Glue stick
  • 2-hole punch
  • Scientific calculator (a smartphone or tablet app doesn’t count)
  • Backpack for textbooks and binders
  • Athletic shoes (1 pair of indoor shoes; 1 pair of outdoor non-cleats)
  • A tablet or laptop computer (visit for more information)
  • Headphones (earbuds are fine)

MS Service Learning News

On Tuesday, May 21, the Cometa Service Learning group is going to Como to visit Contrada degli artigiani, the art laboratories where Cometa students are trained. This is an extraordinary opportunity to experience the place for which students have worked with great interest and effort. The visit will be guided by Cometa Headmaster Giovanni Figini in the morning, and, in the afternoon, students will do service activities with the children who attend the Cometa after-school program. Students will also bring the CHF 1177 they’ve collected through the different fundraising activities they’ve held throughout the school year. To learn more about Cometa, please visit the Cometa and Contrada degli artigiani websites.

Guest Speaker Mr. Salmoni on May 20 (Meeting in Italian for Students and Parents)

Il signor Salmoni, genovese, è un sopravvissuto al campo di concentramento nazista di Buchenwald. La sua presenza a Lugano ci permetterà quindi di ascoltare dalle parole di un testimone alcuni dettagli di uno dei fatti più sconvolgenti del XX secolo. Sig. Gilberto Salmoni racconterà la sua storia lunedì 20 maggio alle ore 18 presso il Palmer Center. Se foste interessati, ci farebbe molto piacere avervi con noi a questa serata.

After-School Sports and Activities

The MS Track & Field team will participate in an invitational tournament at Inter-Community School in Zurich (ICSZ) on Friday, May 24.

After-School Program Offerings for 2019–2020

Fall Term (mid-September to mid-November)

  • MS Football/Soccer Boys (competitive) – Monday and Wednesday, 16:00-17:30
  • MS Football/Soccer Girls (competitive) – Monday, 16:00-18:00, and Wednesday, 16:00-17:30
  • JV Girls Volleyball, with HS girls (competitive) – Monday/Thursday, 16:00-17:30; Tuesday 17:30-19:00; must come to practice at least twice a week
  • MS Boys and Girls Cross Country– Monday and Wednesday, 16:00-17:30
  • MS Lacrosse Boys – Monday, 17:30-18:30
  • MS Cheerleading – Wednesday, 16:00-17:30
  • MS Glass Painting – Tuesday, 16:00-17:30
  • MS Choir – Tuesday, 16:00-17:30; this activity is a year-round commitment
  • MS Theater – Thursday, 16:00-17:30
  • MS Weekend Climbing Club – Four Sundays in September and October; dates to be determined
  • MS Robotics – Tuesdays, 16:00-17:00, from September 10 to February 18. This activity will give the opportunity for pupils to build and program their own robots. Students may be selected to have the chance to compete in the Swiss First Lego League competition in Bellinzona. (Weekend in January—date TBD)
  • MS Book Club (Day TBD)
  • MS Ensemble – Thursdays, 16:00 to 17:30; this activity is a year-round commitment
  • Instrumental and Vocal Lessons—please contact Ms. Forrest.

Winter Term (end of November to mid-March)

  • Boys Basketball
  • Girls Basketball
  • Glass Painting
  • Indoor Soccer (recreational)
  • Math Club
  • MS Dance
  • MS Musical
  • Choir (this activity is a year-round commitment)
  • MS Ensemble (this activity is a year-round commitment)
  • Ski and Snowboard Club – Four Sundays: Jan 12, Jan 19, Feb 9, Feb 16
  • Robotics (until February 18)

Spring Term (mid-March to end of May)

  • Track and Field (competitive)
  • MS Girls Volleyball (competitive)
  • Math Club
  • Dance
  • Indoor Soccer (recreational)
  • MS Musical
  • Choir
  • MS Ensemble (this activity is a year-round commitment)

TPA Teacher Appreciation Cocktail on May 20

On Monday, May 20, the TPA will host an Appreciation Cocktail for teachers in Casa Fleming at 18:00. This is an important event to show TASIS teachers how much we appreciate their hard work! Parents, if you would like to help out at the event, please click on the button below.

Volunteer Sign-Up Form


TPA 10-Year Anniversary

Dear Parents,

The 10-Year Anniversary Celebration of the TPA was a success. Thank you to all who supported and attended the dinner on May 9. We had 60 parents celebrating together and dancing all night long. We really appreciate all your support and all you do for TPA, TASIS, and our kids.

We are also very pleased to announce that Jennifer Hung-Zanarini will be the new TPA President for the 2019–2020 school year!

All our best wishes,

Laura and Brunella

The Prince and the Pauper Premieres on May 28

This year’s Elementary School Spring Musical, The Prince and the Pauper, will open in the Palmer Center at 19:00 on Tuesday, May 28, with a second performance at 19:00 on Wednesday, May 29.

Learn more and reserve seats


Last Day of School for MS Students on June 3

Monday, June 3, is the last full day of school for MS students. Students may wear the TASIS PE uniform for the whole day.

MS students will meet for the Advisor block from 8:00–9:25. All key bracelets must be brought to the advisors for collection. If a student does not return the bracelet, the family will receive an invoice for CHF 50. On that day, students must also clean out their lockers. All remaining locks will be cut Tuesday morning.

After the Advisor block, students will depart for the End-of-the-Year Activities. Sack lunches will be provided.

The last day of school will conclude with the MS Farewell Assembly from 15:00–15:50 and distribution of the MS Yearbook.

8th-Grade Moving-Up Ceremony

The MS Moving-Up Ceremony for 8th-grade students and their parents will be held on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 4.

On Tuesday, June 4, from 8:00–11:30, there will be a Moving-Up Ceremony rehearsal in the Palmer Center. It is required for all 8th graders.

On Tuesday, May 28, there will be Moving-Up Ceremony Rehearsals in the Palmer Center:

  • 8:00–10:10 (A and B periods)—required for all eighth graders
  • 10:15–11:15 (C block)—required for speakers
  • 11:20–12:20 (D period)—required for performers

Shuttle Bus Service Sign-Up Form for 2019–2020

The Shuttle Service Sign-Up Form for 2019–2020 is now available. Please review the updated Shuttle Service Routes Schedule and fill out the sign-up form if you are interested in using the shuttle service next school year.

Please note that all current submissions have to be renewed if a student will continue to use the shuttle service next year. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Koreshkova at

New interactive shuttle route map
For the 2019–2020 school year, you can now browse shuttle routes and stops on google maps. The route number and drop-off/pick-up times are listed in the info box for each stop.

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